Last weekend I decided to play my Carvin LB75AP for the first 2 sets of my blues gig, instead of my '08' MIA Jazz V. At first, I said, "The Carvin's sounding alright." Then I plugged in the Jazz for the last set, OMG, what a difference. The Jazz seemed to fit right into the total mix of the band without any conflict from the other instrument's tonal frequencies. I'm not bashing Carvin, though it may sound like it. It's just that I've played active basses for the last 28 yrs. and this passive Fender just blends in so nicely with the 3 bands that I play with and really, it sounds so much fuller. I've played Ric, MM, Steinberger, Ibanez, Yamaha, Lakland and have stayed away from Fender all those years. I guess I can't believe how good this Jazz Bass sounds by itself or with a band. I'm sure alot of you feel the same way.